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Old Feb 27th 2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Has anybody used these SureFire reusable earplugs? I've been using basic foam, but pain to get a consistent seal. I've considered the custom, but would rather not spend over $100 for ear plugs. Anybody have any particular ear plugs they recommend?

SureFire EarPro Sonic Defenders EP4 PLUS Variable Noise Reduction Shooter's Ear Plugs (NRR 24) (1 Pair w/Carry Case) - Consumer Packaged Reusable Ear Plugs
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Old Feb 27th 2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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I have posted them in a couple of threads. I have used them for years for various hearing protection required activities and always had pretty good luck with them. I am trying the EP3s right now (they were cheaper), but I don't like them as well so will be going back to EP4s after these wear out. I usually get a few months of daily wear out of a pair before they kind of start to harden up and not block as much noise. Amazon sells them as well.
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No but they don't appear to have a high enough rating. I've ridden with plugs rated at 32db reduction (typical Snore reducers from the pharmacy) but found that plugs rated for 110db work better and I can still hear the traffic etc.
Where do you get 110s? I've never seen them that high. Even my Peltor Tactical headset isn't anywhere near that high.
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Old Feb 27th 2013, 08:42 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Denver Rick View Post
Has anybody used these SureFire reusable earplugs? I've been using basic foam, but pain to get a consistent seal. I've considered the custom, but would rather not spend over $100 for ear plugs. Anybody have any particular ear plugs they recommend?

SureFire EarPro Sonic Defenders EP4 PLUS Variable Noise Reduction Shooter's Ear Plugs (NRR 24) (1 Pair w/Carry Case) - Consumer Packaged Reusable Ear Plugs
-- E.A.R Classic - has been a good plug - be careful they make a few different ones..try these:

Classic™ Earplugs - Uncorded S-7028 - Uline

-- i've had plugs custom made...always came back to EAR - the customs would always unseal themselves due to the constant head turning, even after following the seal routine (wet them).....just never worked good enough, or easy enough as the EAR Classic....which are easy enough to carry (i usually use a few on a full ride)....i dont have to worry about dropping or cleaning them since i always have a fresh pair with me....and they go in quickly
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Originally Posted by RD16RR View Post
-- E.A.R Classic - has been a good plug - be careful they make a few different ones..try these:

Classic™ Earplugs - Uncorded S-7028 - Uline

-- i've had plugs custom made...always came back to EAR - the customs would always unseal themselves due to the constant head turning, even after following the seal routine (wet them).....just never worked good enough, or easy enough as the EAR Classic....which are easy enough to carry (i usually use a few on a full ride)....i dont have to worry about dropping or cleaning them since i always have a fresh pair with me....and they go in quickly
These are in the 20 range as well - same as my SureFires. I can't imagine you can hear the bike at 110, but maybe I'm wrong. I want to try a set nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by Denver Rick View Post
Has anybody used these SureFire reusable earplugs? I've been using basic foam, but pain to get a consistent seal. I've considered the custom, but would rather not spend over $100 for ear plugs. Anybody have any particular ear plugs they recommend?

SureFire EarPro Sonic Defenders EP4 PLUS Variable Noise Reduction Shooter's Ear Plugs (NRR 24) (1 Pair w/Carry Case) - Consumer Packaged Reusable Ear Plugs
I have been using them for mainly gun shooting. They fit good and dont hurt as much in a long duration. EP3 is cheaper like mentioned before and they are the same.

I recommend.
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Originally Posted by WAfatboy View Post
No but they don't appear to have a high enough rating. I've ridden with plugs rated at 32db reduction (typical Snore reducers from the pharmacy) but found that plugs rated for 110db work better and I can still hear the traffic etc.
I myself, want to hear whats going on around me and not a complete silence.
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Where do you get 110s? I've never seen them that high. Even my Peltor Tactical headset isn't anywhere near that high.
Guys as i posted i did think about this and I ducked off and did some research and checked the packaging on the ones I have and it says 'hearing protection for up to 110db', and when I looked up the product in more detail I could see it was only 27db reduction ProBell Disposable Uncorded Earplugs - EPYU - Earplugs - Hearing Protection

Did some more research into some other plugs I have used in the past and found them all to be similarly rated.

HOWEVER it's the frequency of noise that they block that seems to be the defining factor - I used a similar plug last week that higher rated (32db) and was pretty ineffective but it was a 'snore blocker', whereas the ones I bought that were 27db were industrial so perhaps they are designed to block differe t frequencies. I prefer the industrial ones because they block out the mechanical chatter but also retain some of the bass but without being 'boomy'.

Reality is that personal preference will define which plugs work best for you so you'll probably need to try a few. The basic disposable ones do the job really well if you find the right brand for you, and you can buy in bulk!

As an aside I spent $165 on a custom fit lab produced pair and they were crap compared to these $0.95 plugs.

Sorry for the bum steer at the beginning of the thread.
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Old Feb 27th 2013, 09:26 AM   #10
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80-Pairs of Foam Ear Plugs-10087625 at The Home Depot


These have a DB rating of 31. I use them everyday and they are good quality / long lasting (5 days before they start to lose effectiveness). Highest DB rating for price of anything I have seen. If I loose them I don't care cause they are so cheap.

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